Talk of Alaska

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (LIVE) repeating at 8 p.m. Alaska’s only statewide call-in forum for discussing the issues impacting life on the Last Frontier. Politics, science, culture and current events are covered by hosts from the Alaska Public Media news team along with guests and callers. Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

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Talk of Alaska: Confronting Alaska’s high rate of violence against women

Two councils recently established by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office are tasked with addressing missing and murdered Indigenous people and human and sex trafficking.

Governor Sean Parnell

There are always surprises when the guest on Talk of Alaska is the Governor. You just never know what kind of questions are going to come in when the audience is spread all over the state. Way beyond politics as usual, it’s the resumption of the long tradition of Alaska’s Governor appearing on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:00am Download Audio

Breaking through the political divide

Alaska lawmakers avoided a state government shut down by passing an operating budget, but the deal doesn't address long term stability and both Republicans and Democrats expressed disappointment over things they had to give up. The political divisions remain. Listen Here

Talk of Alaska: Constructing Alaska

Exploding trees, bridges that wash out every year, electric currents running through pipes -- they're all things that have happened on construction projects in...

The Business of Clean Energy

Alaska is becoming known as a testing ground for renewable energy. As more and more clean energy technology comes on the market, Alaska’s high fuel costs can make investments in things that reduce those costs pay off quickly - in fact it’s already happening. APRN: Tuesday, 4/8 at 10:00am Download Audio

The Legislature’s budget work

Alaska legislators have a big task to wrangle a budget that stops deficit spending without grinding the state's economy to a halt. We've heard Governor Walker's plans. Next, Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon join us to discuss their fiscal goals. Listen Now

Iditarod

It started modestly enough with Joe Redington and a few others wanting the old mail trail to the gold mines retraced. Now the whole world watches the Iditarod. It’s Iditarod time again on the next Talk of Alaska. KSKA - Tuesday, 2/26 at 10:00am

LISTEN: What should the future of Alaska’s government look like? AFN has a few ideas.

The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention theme last month was Good Government-Alaskan Driven. How does AFN leadership see their role in driving political change and how do they work with tribal leaders to accomplish it?

The Alaska Food Challenge

Tuesday, June 28 at 10:00am Is it possible? Is it desirable? A group of Alaskans has pledged to eat only food from Alaska for a year.

The future of the Arctic

The arctic is changing and what that means for future development, travel, infrastructure and safety is on the minds of not only those who live there, but scientists, policy makers and business leaders.

Talk of Alaska: Digital TV on the Last Frontier

Wireless communications usage is growing rapidly and that means a big change for broadcast television is in the works. Traditional over-the-air TV broadcasting is...

Seward’s Icebox

What was William Seward thinking when he pushed the purchase of Alaska from Russia? What would most surprise him if he could see Alaska now? Seward’s Day is a state holiday; a town and a highway are named after him; but who was he? Two historians will help us understand why we’re not part of Russia, on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 4/29 at 10:00am Download Audio

Is An Ambitious Arctic Agenda Economically Viable?

An ambitious set of priorities has been put together for the American chairmanship of the Arctic Council that begins this year, but neither the federal government nor the state has much money to pay for implementing those priorities. Climate change is amplified in the Arctic, and the Arctic nations want to work together to respond. APRN: Tuesday, 2/6 at 10:00 a.m. Download Audio

The future of Alaska’s megaprojects

The six so called megaprojects that Governor Walker put on hold soon after taking office have already received millions in state and federal funds but would take billions to actually complete. Where would the money come from? If the state stops them completely will the federal money have to be repaid? APRN: Tuesday, 8/4 at 10:00am Download Audio

Federal Issues

With only a few working days left before the change of the fiscal year, what can we expect Congress to accomplish? Members are back in their districts consulting with their constituents right now. And the guest will be Senator Mark Begich on the next Talk of Alaska. APRN: Tuesday 8/27 at 10:00 am Download Audio
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LISTEN: Confronting the legacy of boarding schools in Alaska

The recent discovery of the remains of more than 200 Indigenous children at a residential school in Canada has prompted discussion, grief and memories of past trauma here in Alaska, where thousands of Native children were sent to boarding schools in and outside the state.

Winter food security

A lot of Americans would welcome a forecast for a mild winter, but in Alaska a lack of snow and ice can mean hardship for those in rural communities who depend on cold for traveling and hunting. What happens when the land of ice and snow isn't so frosty? APRN: Tuesday, 11/24 at 10:00am Download Audio
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LISTEN: How Alaskan communities are adapting to a warmer climate with more landslides

As Alaska warms, landslides are projected to be a growing problem. What have we learned from the deadly landslides in Sitka and the more recent event in Haines?

The 4th Federal Climate Assessment Report

The recently released National Climate Assessment is the fourth federal report examining the rate of change and the forecast for the future. Alaska has it’s own chapter in the massive document. The state is warming faster than any other. So what’s next? Working to understand the cultural, economic and health expense of mitigation and adaptation.

Seismic Activity And Tsunamis In Alaska

Alaska is the most seismically active place in America and one of the most earthquake prone areas on the planet. There were numerous large earthquakes in the 1960s followed by a few decades of relative calm, but that's changed in recent years. It's not a matter of if, but when for the next big earthquake in Alaska. APRN: Tuesday, 11/5 at 10:00am Download Audio